Last Minute Green Bay Packers Draft Needs

It is finally NFL Draft week and the Green Bay Packers are looking to get over the hump and back to being a Super Bowl champion. Learn more about Green Bay Packers as they head into this weeks draft with urgency and need to keep dominating the NFC North and beyond.

The team has some clear needs after losing all-world wide receiver Devante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. So, wide receiver is a top priority as is defensive end, linebackers and also an offensive lineman.

Wide receiver seemingly gets deeper every year so there should be plenty of talent if the Packers want to pull the trigger on a pass-catcher with two of their first round picks. With Aaron Rodgers passing the ball around, they may not need to spend that high of a pick since he makes anyone look good, but it also helped having Adams being on the other end of those passes to make plays.

Defensively, they need to get better at attacking the quarterback and forcing long-yardage situations with a slew of new defenders.

Here are a few names to watch

Devin Lloyd, Utah, LB

He was a three-year starter for the Utes, Lloyd played the "Mac" linebacker position in defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley’s 4-2-5 scheme where he was asked to do a little bit of everything, including cover and blitz all over the field. He was a safety in high school, then he morphed into a playmaking linebacker and made a name for himself as one of the best defensive players in the country, leading the Utes in tackles three consecutive years and becoming just the 10th consensus All-American in school history.

Lloyd plays with speed and suddenness in his movements to weave through traffic in pursuit or change directions and make plays in coverage. He has room to improve his play strength and posture as a take-on player, but he does a great job scraping and sifting with his slippery athleticism and length to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Overall, Lloyd doesn’t have to come off the field with his impressive blend of instincts, speed and explosiveness to blitz, play the run and/or cover. He projects as a scheme proof NFL starter and a better version of Los Angeles Chargers’ Kenneth Murray.

Garrett Wilson, Ohio State, LB

Wilson was the X receiver in coach Ryan Day’s multiple spread offense, lining up primarily outside in 2021 after spending 2020 in the slot. Despite never leading the Buckeyes in receiving in any of his three seasons, but his production increased each year, and he was 1 of only 6 FBS pass catchers to average more than 95.0 receiving yards and one touchdown per game in 2021.

Wilson credits basketball -- his favorite sport -- for developing the route athleticism and fluidity in that makes him a true three-level threat on the football field. With his long arms and uncanny adjustment skills, Wilson catches the ball well outside his frame and is comfortable operating with bodies near him. Overall, Wilson needs continued route refinement, but he makes the playbook come alive with his ability to get open thanks to his athleticism and instincts. With his slender frame, elite body control, and catch-point skills, he reminds me of CeeDee Lamb.

Jermaine Johnson, Florida State, EDGE

A single-year starter at Florida State, Johnson lined up as the field DE in defensive coordinator Adam Fuller’s four-man front. Considered a key member of Georgia’s front-seven (3rd on the team in sacks in 2020), he bet on himself by transferring to FSU to be a full-time starter, and he responded with a career year in 2021, including an ACC best 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Johnson is a long, athletic defender with the quick feet and natural instincts to win as a pass rusher and make stops vs. the run. Although he can be too segmented and upright in his rush attack, his motor runs hot, and his swipe/rip/stab moves are angry. Overall, Johnson has average get-off, his length, agility and active hands lead to disruption as both a pass rusher and run defender. He projects as an everydown NFL starter.

Draft Selections

The Packers set pretty good with four picks in the top 92, including a pair of first-rounders which will help bolster their team and find their team needs.

  • 1st round: 22nd and 28th overall
  • 2nd round: 53rd and 59th overall
  • 3rd round: 92nd overall
  • 4th round: 132nd and 140th overall
  • 5th round: 171st overall
  • 7th round: 228th overall, 249th overall and 258th overall

When is the NFL Draft in 2022?

Date: Thursday, April 28 (Round 1) | Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7)
Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
TV channels: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
Live stream: ESPN, ESPN+ and NFL apps | fuboTV

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